The '90s Was the Last Era of Good Music

Sydnee Arrasmith

You don’t want to be riding in the car with your grandma and have sexual innuendos playing on the radio. Your grandma will start asking you what kind of music you listen to and if you do the types of things that the lyrics say. Please don’t give your grandmother a heart attack. If you listen to music from the ‘90s you don’t have to worry about such things.
“Nineties, I love it better than new school,” said senior Rontaya Phillips. “I was raised off of it. It has a better rhythm.”
Many people prefer ‘90s music over today’s music because the songs seem to show a higher level of morality in the lyrics, such as “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue or “Black or White” by Michael Jackson. These ‘90s songs focus on equality and being open minded about differences, a big reason I think ‘90s music is better.
“I think the quality has diminished,” said government and history teacher Jay Peterson in regards to music today.
Today, a majority of the songs produced are mostly about getting money, women and being drunk. Songs like “Young, Wild and Free” by Wiz Khalifa show no morals when he says “So what we get drunk? So what we smoke weed? We’re just having fun.”
Not all of the songs from today’s generation are bad, but the majority are. For instance, artist Nicki Minaj really overdid it with her lyrics in her remake “Anaconda”of Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” one being, “I let him hit it ‘cause he slings cocaine.” The message from the original song was about appreciating women with a fuller figure but now the song encourages girls to like guys because they do drugs.
“Today’s music is about money, sex and drugs. Back then it was about dancing, it was just more classy. There wasn’t any cussing,” said Phillips.
Today’s generation needs a lesson on the quality of music. It seems all people really care about is if the artist is attractive or not, and that’s what sells albums. Girls love Justin Bieber but most of his songs are about a different relationship girls.
“I think with the advent of Youtube, the focus is more on how the band looks,” said Peterson.
Many great songs have been produced since the 1990’s. Music genres have expanded, opening people up to the world of many new styles of music. Many artists from the ‘90s stopped producing music. P!nk is one artist who began as a ‘90s artist, she has published music in many genres including the styles and sounds of modern music. Her music has both morals and good messages in the lyrics, as well as songs about partying and drinking, catering to both sides of the spectrum.
Artists today should really think about the messages they are sending out in their songs and who their listeners are.